Here at Breech, as well as for many people out there, RPGs are one of our favorite types of game. The casual open-world RPGs that mix in action, adventure and moral decisions are some of the most addictive of all.
With solid RPG releases being few and far between these days, it’s common to be on the look out for me. Especially if you’re a PC gamer as there’s no doubt that the improved graphics and rich modding communities around some of these games make RPGs even more tempting.
Steam is still the biggest gaming platform, and a mind-boggling amount of people still only buy exclusively through Steam, which is fine. We buy 90% of our games through Steam just out of convenience, not to mention the fact that it’s great for exploring games.
However with so many games on the platform, it’s easy to miss some gems. So we’ve decided to include our personal favorites, in this ‘best RPGs on Steam’ article.
The Sims 3
Baldur’s Gate II: Enhanced Edition
Fable – The Lost Chapters
Star Wars: Knights Of The Old Republic
The Banner Saga
Final Fantasy VII
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Life Is Strange
The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
Our Top 11 RPGs Available On Steam:
There are a tonne of different RPGs out there, everything from adventure to simulation style games. You have your Skyrims and you have your Sims. There’s not many that are alike, and in this list we’re going to try and offer a variety of different RPGs that accommodates to all tastes.
For reasons unknown, EA often only release their older titles to Steam, and this includes their hugely popular Sims games.
While The Sims 3 is definitely looking a little older now, it’s still a great RPG title, with many people preferring it over the divisive Sims 4 offering. The base game as with most Sims games is lacking, but if you’re happy to pay for the expansions, it’s a good game that you can tailor to your own tastes.
If you’re an old boy like us, you’ll probably remember Baldur’s Gate as one of the classic, mind-boggling RPG offerings of all time. If you’re a bit younger, you may still have heard of this game in reference to RPGs that set the standard.
Thankfully, BG II is now available on Steam, re-mastered and enhanced. If you enjoy classical RPGs where the graphics aren’t the main offering, but instead the backdrop to story and decision then this game is an absolute must-try.
The original PC offering of the legendary Fable series by Lionhead Studios. Unfortunately these games are no longer in development (fuck you Molyneux), however the original game is still just as enjoyable as ever.
This game essentially had it all as far as RPGs go. Deep lore, great combat, moral decision making, the ability to interact with the characters in the game (marriage, murder, affairs, capitalism) and so much more.
For us this is still one of the greatest RPGs of all time, and we can’t recommend it enough. No matter how old this game gets, it offers infinite replay value.
Perhaps the greatest Fallout game ever, this is the game that really put the series on the map. While Fallout: New Vegas had charm, and Fallout 4 had better graphics, more content and crafting, there’s just something that they both missed that Fallout 3 captured for us perfectly.
If you’re a fan of The Elder Scrolls series, then Fallout 3 is an absolute must-play game as they’re both produced by Bethesda. This means that these games share a lot of gameplay elements, and are generally as enjoyable as the other.
Another oldie, but a real goodie! If you liked the combat system of Final Fantasy, but still found the turn-based system a little too restrictive then this game is where that really started to evolve into the more fluid combat systems that you see today in most MMORPG games like World Of Warcraft and others.
That’s not to draw a comparison between these two games though, as they’re really nothing alike. In this game you get to race around the galaxy, build a lightsaber, uncover the mystery that unfolds and ultimately choose for or against the dark side. It’s unmissable and a truly immersive title that’s storytelling still puts other games to shame to this day.
When we first saw this game, we were shocked by just how good the reviews were… The graphics reminded us of weird historical based cartoons from when we were kids, except in a game.
The Banner Saga does this purposely, and pulls you into this fantasy world where everything Norse starts to come to life. While the combat system isn’t perfect, there’s just something about this game that makes it hard to stop playing.
Whether it’s the story, the decisions you have to make that effect so many of the characters in your caravan or simply the beautiful soundtrack it’s hard to say. But if you’re a true fan of RPGs this is a game to check out as soon as possible!
For us this wasn’t an easy pick, as we felt this selection could have easily of been Torchlight II. However, these ‘Diablo-Esque’ games are both fantastic Steam selections, it’s just that Grim Dawn slightly edges it for us.
The atmosphere is more true to old-school RPGs and there’s just that element of difficulty there that isn’t with Torchlight II. We literally had to spend most of our first few hours on Grim Dawn looking up where we were going, that’s how big this game is. It’s unbelievable that a Kickstarter game ended up so good, but it’s our absolute favorite hack and slash RPG that manages to hold onto a true old school atmosphere. It’s the kind of game you just won’t see many of in the future.
We’re not the biggest fans of the FF series, but the game that stands out for us the most is Final Fantasy VII which we never could put down when it came out on the PS1. When it was finally remade for PC and ended up on Steam it was a no-brainer to buy this game and really re-enjoy what we feel was the Final Fantasy game that put the series on the map.
If ever there was a game that was able to successfully marry the concepts of the more serious RPG titles from Bethesda with the more casual titles of Lionhead Studio; it’d have to be The Witcher 3.
Even if this game isn’t going to be your favorite ever RPG it’s definitely one that almost any RPG fan can appreciate. It’s got great graphics, a great story and truly enjoyable combat. It’s a must-own game if you’re in any way serious about gaming, let alone RPGs.
We bet you wasn’t expecting this to be on the list? As we said, we’re recommending all forms of RPG games and when it comes to a game that truly re-defined the limits of what can be done in the RPG genre it’s got to be Life Is Strange.
We’ve expressed our love of this game many times before, such as in our articles ‘games like life is strange‘ and ‘the best choices matter games ever‘. Well, it needs repeating again. This game is one of the most addictive RPGs we’ve ever played and it’s a true emotional rollercoaster that leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout.
There’s no getting around it, this game is a masterpiece and we don’t put that lightly given some of the other titles on this list.
Nobody thought that Bethesda would top Oblivion, but they went and did it in spectacular fashion. Skyrim has become one of the most successful RPGs of all time, it’s basically the RPG equivalent of what World of Warcraft is to MMORPGs.
At the time, the graphics on Skyrim were like nothing you’d ever seen, and with the recent texture improvements, it’s still up there with the very best all these years later.
It’s hard to believe how long ago this game was released, not just due to the graphics, but because of how much time we still spend playing it. It literally feels like yesterday that it was released.
No matter how you like to play your RPGs this game will let you do it, while some of the quests are central to moving the storyline forward there’s still infinite amounts of content to play-through regardless of whether you want to play the storyline or not.
This is perhaps due to the fact that the world is ever-changing, you could come across a random skirmish at any point, be attacked by dragons or simply have a plucky thief try to rob you along the roadside.
Then there’s the mod community behind this game, there are some truly fantastic mods for this game that just gives it another life completely. It’s money well spent when you buy the game, and it’s easily our top pick for the best role-playing game on Steam.
The RPG genre is rich and diverse, it’s also ever-growing. There’s plenty of games to try out on this list if you’re new to the genre, or even if you’re a veteran there’ll be one or two titles that you may not have heard of.
RPG games continue to grow in popularity, and it’s no surprise, with whole new sub-genres popping up around it. We’re huge fans and continue to be, with the exciting future of RPGs and the proud history of this genre continuously moving the gaming boundaries forward.
What’s the best RPG on Steam in your opinion? Let us know in the comments.